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Ameer is only 12 years old, but he is already an adult. Every afternoon, after school, he tends to his family's herd of sheep. Ameer has a dream, passed down from generation to generation: seeing his land and his people freed from the injustices of Israeli military occupation.
All this is not a film. This is Ameer's daily reality.
Welcome to At-Tuwani, a small Palestinian village in the hills south-east of Hebron, in the West Bank's so-called Area C. The inhabitants of At-Tuwani live in a very particular context. From a certain point of view, their situation symmetrically reflects the difficulties that the Palestinian people face collectively in the entire West Bank: military occupation, the absence of legal protection on the basis of the rights of citizenship, the continuously expanding Israeli settlements and the resulting tensions.
The situation of At-Tuwani, however, exhibits other more distinct characteristics within the context of occupied Palestine. First of all because Area C what is happening today can be defined as “normalization of military occupation”, which produces a double level of oppression: the legalized violence of the Israeli army and the violence of the settlers, tacitly authorized by the Israeli state.
Only a few hundred meters from the village, in fact, there is the settlement of Ma'on, born in the early 1980s, and on the nearby high ground the outpost where some of the most dangerous members of Israel's extreme right wing terrorist groups are present. The presence and the action of these groups strongly endangers the inhabitants of At-Tuwani and the nearby villages, through through attacks and incursions into the village, poisoning of livestock and wells, beatings and intimidation, actions that rarely see legal consequences.
In At-Tuwani the internal contradictions of the system of informal apartheid, built by Israeli policy over the past few decades, emerge with force. A glaring example of this is the Israeli military escort given to the children of the nearby villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed, as they go to and from school, to protect them from attacks from the settlers from the outpost.
In response to this consolidated system of injustice the Committee of Popular Resistance was born in the area of the South Hebron Hills. It is a direct expression of the revolt of local farmers and simultaneously a powerfully destabilizing factor for the Hamas-Fatah political duopoly. Knowing and understanding the nature and the force of this political experiment from below means in other words entering into contact with the roots of contemporary Palestinian society, studying its social dynamics that can create new political scenarios for the future, ones that can be imagined in the light of the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Stories of day by day resistance, stories of hope, captured in the faces of women and men that dream of being able to give their children a future of freedom and prosperity.
All of this at At-Tuwani. All of this and much more, that we hope to tell you in the images and accounts we will show you.